h2oplyer7 wrote:I am going to visit the school next month. Is the area that bad then? Can you compare it with another city like Los Angeles or New York. I am from LA. Is it worse than LA. What exactly are the problems?
h20plyer, The school itself is I think pretty much the start of where the city breaks from a rougher area. From my visit it seemed like south of the school (and I think east maybe?) was fine, but directly west and north were a bit shady. It's that situation in a city where you are in a nice spot and then you turn a block and BAM you need to be more careful. When I visited there were police staked out watching down the street I was walking up (I picked the wrong part of the street to be coming up on I guess...). The shops on the street spaced out more, there were more that were vacant, and the streets in general were dirtier. In those parts I mentioned, it was more segregated and it was pretty obvious to everyone watching me that I was new and sort of an anomaly to be walking around as young white female by myself there. I'll stress that I don't want to sound like I "mind" being a minority as I have been many times, but it's all in how people react to you that tells the story for me. I live in a big city and used to do social work in similar areas (so I'm kind of used to the experience and know how to deal with it) but I could see it being stressful for some. Between the police presence (during the day), the more vacant buildings, street condition, and kind of sticking out it feels like a less safe place due to the few people that would take advantage of a person. And it becomes a whole new ballgame when you're carrying around a computer at night that is essentially your child.
I had someone tell me that there is a parking garage students can use that is 3-4 blocks away and is $5 a day. Seems like a lot to pay for parking (but maybe I'm cheap?
). I definitely wouldn't want to walk that far at night by myself either, so I'm glad there are some options being talked about. Here's this link on parking that the school actually provides which talks about paying $5 and getting a pass for the year. Anyone know if there are generally enough spaces to park in the school parking lot? http://www.law.umaryland.edu/students/resources/policies/procedures.html#a13
Ha, also what stephinmd's husband said is the good short version.